3.26.2011

Your Opinion Matters Here! And I Need Your Advice!


For a while now, I have been thinking of changing my blog name and also transferring my blog to it's own domain. I have a couple of reasons for this. First, I can't really keep my current blog name forever {I created it when I first became a Mommy}, and second, I plan on using my blog for many things later on down the road and I know that having my own domain name is better in the long run. But there a lot of problems with this...

Google makes everything look so easy. You can go to your account settings and just change the name of your blog and also the URL of your blog in under 5 minutes. You can also purchase a custom domain {so your URL is no longer yourblogname.blogspot.com, but instead just yourblogname.com}, for only $10 for the whole year. I thought this was amazing {other places will host your site for a much larger monthly fee} and was totally ready to do it! But I have had quite a few issues with Google lately. I used to love it! I told everyone about it {even got my fiance to create a Blogger blog and he was originally at Wordpress} and loved everything about Blogger. But I had an issue not too far back and could not get it resolved with Google. Maybe because it is IMPOSSIBLE to reach anyone at Google! And I am VERY serious! There is no way for you to contact them, and they make you post all of your problems and concerns in help forums which usually won't even get any replies. And if they do, it is other bloggers who either have the same problem and don't know what to do, or bloggers who try to give you advice for something that is completely unrelated to what your problem was. It's an insane mess. You would think that it would not be like this since Google is a billion dollar corporation and one of the biggest in the world. I didn't get it. I still don't.

Anyway, back to what I was saying...so yeah, Blogger makes it look so easy for you to just go in to your account and change everything. What they DON'T tell you is that by simply changing your URL, you are pretty much wiping out your old blog and starting from scratch. This is also true if you want to transfer to your own domain, of course. But even if you wanted to remain at Blogger {which I am willing to do}, you cannot change your URL without hurting your blog. Unless your blog is new, not well established, and/or you have very few followers. Then you are okay. But in the recent months, my blog has grown tremendously and has seen a lot of traffic. And if I simply change my URL, I am basically starting a new blog. Supposedly my followers will transfer also {although many people were posting in the help forums about this not happening} but those followers will stop following you eventually because they will not be able to find your blog. If I choose to change my URL, you {all of my followers} will no longer get updates in your reading list from my blog {unless you add my my new blog URL}. Also, everywhere my blog link was posted {other blog sites, places I was featured, etc.}, well...that link will no longer work. I would have to contact every single person who ever had my link on their page {which is hundreds now} and have them change it to the new link. Crazy, huh? Plus, I will lose my page rank and all the search engine history linking back up to my blog.

So as you see, it's not quite so simple. It's not super important for me to have a custom domain. Any business I start, I will probably create an actual website for it anyway and just use my blog to advertise it. But I would really like to change the name and URL. But it also means that if I change it, I have to create a stub blog {in place of the current one} that will link to my new one. This is to let people know that I moved and also apparently when you just leave an old blog behind {even if Google says they deleted it}, it can be hijacked by spammers and they will start using your old site for all of their evil deeds and your information will still be there. Plus, when I switch, I will have to re-create all of the pages on my blog, and go back and change every link that I may have in a post and in my sidebars and in my pages {which is also in the hundreds}.

So this is where I need your help my lovely followers! What are your thoughts on all of this? What do you think I should do? If I make the switch, I would need to make it now. But if I decide not to, the only other option would be to just change the name of my blog, but keep the same URL. Which can have a negative affect also {it will confuse everyone, it won't match to my blog, someone else might use the new name of my blog and take the URL, etc., etc., etc.}. I know many of you have made this switch...what were your experiences? Was it worth it? I would really appreciate any advice and feedback you can give me on this! Thanks, everyone!


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2 comments:

  1. I just changed my blog's URL, I want to say 3 weeks ago. For the first week or so, I was going insane. No one could read my new posts. My posts weren't showing up in Reader or the Blog I'm Following until at least 3 hours after I had posted.

    I wish I knew all the info. that you shared here beforehand, because now I've lost a lot of traffic from Google searches. I used to get a lot of traffic resulting from that, and now I'm getting virtually no traffic from Google.

    Also, I'm using LinkWithin on my blog, and all of the posts that I had written before I made the URL switch no longer show up.

    So, it is frustrating dealing with all the changes, but I hope that I will be able to gain new traffic and bring Google back to my site...somehow.

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  2. Love your blog! Following you from blog hop.. I'm Opal from opalstevens.blogspot.com, hope you can check it out sometime.. :D

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